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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Friday 55

Welcome to Friday 55. The object of the exercise is to write a story using exactly 55 words. If you participate, be sure to drop a comment at G-Man’s blog so others will know how to find your story.

Lighting flashes. The sky growls in protest. A hunched figure rushes up the sidewalk, braving the cool bite of the wind. She grips her bag tightly as she reaches for the doorbell. “Trick or Treat.” Her shoulders sagging, she watches the apple fall from the old man’s hand into her bag. “Trick it is then.”

Don’t forget to stop by Oh, Get a Grip! today. This week we are discussing… well, just swing by and take a gander.



Pixels and Pain is now available in print. Please pick up your copy today.

Pixels and Pain

Here is a blurb:

Explore the dangerous domain of a madman…

Johnny Walker is a FBI agent on a personal crusade to catch a killer. One year ago, his little sister was brutally murdered and the police still don’t have a suspect.

Mary Marshall founded a watchdog group to rid the world of online predators after her sister fell victim to a charismatic stranger she met on the popular networking website, HiyaSpace.

As the similarities surrounding their losses draw these two together, they soon embark on a desperate quest for answers—a quest wrought with peril, betrayal, and unimaginable horror.

In a virtual world where everyone’s a friend, and everyone’s a suspect, will Johnny and Mary be able to track down and stop an internet serial killer whose unspeakable deeds threaten to destroy them all?

Or will these two hunters become the prey, unable to escape the web of Pixels and Pain?

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008


That’s right, it is time for another installment of The Darwin Awards.

Post removed do to insensitive nature...

The 18-year-old's body was repatriated to the Isle of Man.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Book Review: Unholy Domain

I recently had the pleasure of reading the futuristic techno-thriller Unholy Domain by Dan Ronco. This story moves along at a break-neck pace as we follow the life and times of the son of the man who nearly destroyed the world (or at least that’s what The Domain would have you believe) on his journey to discover the truth about his past and come to grips with his role in humanity’s uncertain future. After the world is brought to its knees by a particularly nasty computer virus, Peacemaker, technology is held in contempt. Two distinct factions (the religious extremist, Church of the Natural Humans and the technos) rise from the aftermath and struggle to assert their dominance and beliefs on the country. Each claims to have humanity’s best interest at heart, but neither will make the world a better place.

Unholy Domain is hands-down the best techno-thriller I’ve read in recent years and I look forward to reading more of Mr. Ronco’s work. I highly recommend this book to one and all.


A deliberately staged IT catastrophe leaves the world sunk into depression and the US government ineffectual. The secretive and powerful Domain, using organized crime to spread its technology, seeks to take humankind to the next level of evolution through artificial intelligence. The fanatical Army of God battles to stop them. Dan Ronco’s fast-paced techno-thriller depicts a world of violent extremes, where religious terrorists and visionaries of technology fight for supreme power.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Weekend Recap

Well, we had a lovely weekend, thanks for asking. Life is finally starting to slow down a bit and I’m eternally thankful for that. I was creeping dangerously close to the verge of burnout with the day job. Maintaining a breakneck pace for five months tends to do that to even the most resilient of folks.

I fly back to New Orleans this afternoon, but I return tomorrow night and it should be my last trip down there. I have one project left in that building and the client is coming in to do a final approval on it.

My other big time sucker is nearing completion as well. The final project is being constructed in Deer Park, Texas and I should have it out of my hair on November 5th. Barring any major deficiencies, I’ll be back to just working on my local projects by the end of that week. I’m looking forward to it.

On Friday, we rented movies, ordered takeout Chinese food and spent the evening lounging in front of the television. I honestly can’t remember the last time we had a movie night, but it was an easy routine to fall back into. I hope to talk about a few of the movies we watched later this week.

Saturday we spent the majority of our time at the lake. It proved to be to cold for wakeboarding, but we had a grand time of fishing and just generally enjoying each other’s company. That evening we watched the rest of our rentals.

Sunday we went to my brother and his wife’s baby shower. He is going to be the father of twins and as such, will be introduced to the world of changing diapers with gusto. It was a great get together with lots of games and even more laughs.

It was a great weekend.

So, how did you spend yours?

Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday 55

Welcome to Friday 55. The object of the exercise is to write a story using exactly 55 words. If you participate, be sure to drop a comment at G-Man’s blog so others will know how to find your story.

Nostrils flare. Her aroma is intoxicating. Does she know? Muscles tense. I move closer. The air between us pulses with anticipation. Can she feel me? Gums ache. I long to taster her. Is she ready? Pressure builds. I brush away the hair from her neck. Will she run? Fangs drop. I drink. Is she dead?

Don’t forget to stop by Oh, Get a Grip! today. This week we are discussing… well, just swing by and take a gander.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Weekend Recap

It was Oktoberfest weekend here in Green Country, which meant lots of food, lots of friends and a smidge of beer. We had a great time pursuing the vendor tents with their wide array of German fare and of course, we did a fair amount of dancing in most all of the beer tents. There’s nothing like a good polka to get your feet moving, lol. Well, I laugh, but dance to it every year.

After the festivities on Saturday, we took a group of friends out to see my cousin, Johnny Duke, sing at a local club. The man is a truly gifted musician and singer and his band is fantastic to boot. Yes, there were copious amounts of dancing there as well and a good time was had by all.

In fact we spent so much time dancing on Saturday, that come Sunday morning we were too sore to do much of anything so we hung out, watched football and just generally enjoyed each other’s company in a leisurely manner.

My son is still away on fall break (he spent it with his biological mother), but I get to pick him up this afternoon. Though he was only gone for four days, it feels like it’s been a month since I’ve seen him.

So, what did you get up to this weekend?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Available now from Resplendence Publishing:

Tuttle’s House of Horror

Here is a blurb:

Tyler Duke has a plan. With the help of his closest friends, he will open the doors to the infamous Tuttle House on Halloween and provide a weekend of thrills and chills for curiosity seekers. Why is the house infamous? It was the sight of the largest mass murder in the history of Northeastern Oklahoma.

If all goes well, they’ll earn enough money to spend spring break in Cancun, but unbeknownst to them, someone has taken up residence in the old mansion and he has a plan of his own. Bobo hopes the weekend brings people in droves. Nothing would make this twisted clown happier than to put gaping smiles under the faces of the house’s patrons. If he can just maintain control of his inner demon until the grand opening, it will be his greatest achievement, a night so brutal even the Fallen will take notice.

Will Tyler and his friends discover the killer in their midst before it’s too late or will they become the main attraction in Tuttle’s House of Horror.

Pick up a copy today.

Monday, October 13, 2008


Hi there. Remember me? Yes, I know it’s been awhile. My schedule, hell my life seems to have spiraled out of control at the speed of light. It looks like I may have finally found the brakes though. Let’s hope so anyway. When work seems to occupy ninety percent of my time, it makes for some fairly dull blogging material.

I have several things I need to catch up on now that the day job seems to be back under control, but I can definitely see the end of the whirlwind of activity. Changes are coming and they have presented themselves in the form of multiple paths, each with their own appeal and perils. Vague enough for you? Well, I can’t get into to much detail under after I’ve made my decision.

So, what’s been going on in your life while I was away?

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